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Omnivore

Debate over schooling

Joshua E. Weishart (West Virginia): The Constitutionally Anomalous Right to Education. Margareth Etienne (Illinois): Private School Vouchers and the Failed Promise of Osmosis. Erik Loomis on saving our public schools. Should these tests get a failing grade? School segregation in America is as bad today as it was in the 1960s. Private schools are anti-democratic — can they be redeemed? When Republicans go after children of color, Democrats need to fight back. Computers can solve your problem


Paper Trail

The “Alternative Nobel Prize” in literature has been awarded to the Guadeloupean novelist Maryse Condé, author of novels including Desirada, Segu, and Crossing the Mangrove. The New Academy Prize was created after the Nobels were canceled this year, and serve “as a reminder that literature should be associated with democracy, openness, empathy and respect.” According

Syllabi

The Roots of the Alt-right

Mike WendlingDuring the last presidential election cycle, you may have read reports describing the alt-right—a loosely organized group of anti-PC, anti-feminist, race-obsessed online warriors—as a strange, newly

Daily Review

Declaration of Independence

Like democracy (and reading), documentary filmmaking involves the art of listening. Whenever I begin working on a new project, I have to relearn how to actually hear what the person in front of me is saying.

Interviews

Deborah Eisenberg

Over the span of thirty-two years, Deborah Eisenberg has produced five short-fiction collections, each more emotionally thoughtful and rigorous than the last. Like her past work, Eisenberg’s newest collection, Your Duck Is My Duck, requires not just a reader’s utmost attention, but also a willingness to be vulnerable and receptive. Rather than concern themselves with plot in an obvious way, the stories tend to chase abstract questions and explore how time impacts those pursuits.

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Bookforum: "Bleeding Hearts"

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Extralife

Jessica Hopper

Saturday was the Hold Steady video. It is a good thing not all one hundred people showed up because we had room for about thirty-three total. People later said they did not show because filming video is waiting around for twenty hours to act fake-excited in one-minute spurts.

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